Pediatric Obesity Tissue Repository (POTR) 

This repository began in 2004 and has many samples to be shared for collaborators. The POTR collects and stores peripheral blood, tissue samples, and bodily fluids from patients with obesity (and a lean comparison group) for research purposes. In addition, data will be stored to create a longitudinal database for research studies conducted here at Cincinnati Children's or other research sites.

Dr. Michael Helmrath
Dr. Todd Jenkins

Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS)

The Teen-LABS study is a NIH-funded multi-center project directed from the University of Colorado Denver in collaboration with lead bariatric surgeons / obesity researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, McGee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX  along with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as a national effort to longitudinally prospectively gather data and publish evidence-based recommendations for the use of weight loss surgery in adolescents based on data collected in the Teen-LABS study. This prospective study examines the impact of bariatric surgery as a treatment for severe obesity by measuring comorbidities, health outcomes, surgical complications and quality of life in both adolescents and adults, which together will provide invaluable information regarding the benefits and risks of surgical intervention during adolescence.

Jennifer Black